Reply to "Lionel GG1 JLC (not "Legacy) truck restoration in brass."

SantaFe158 posted:
Bill Nielsen posted:

If the new brass sideframes for the GG1 come to fruition, is there any way the same process could be done for a sideframe replacement for the Williams/Bachmann O scale Peter Witt car? On the surface at least, it looks like these suffered almost complete sideframe failure as well, perhaps even to a worse extent than the Lionel GG1, although they were not nearly as expensive. A shame, because they were quite a nice model otherwise.

Bill in FtL

It could, but last I checked the truck frames for the Peter Witt cars are still available and its probably more cost effective to just buy replacements from Bachmann.  They would likely be easier to reproduce though.

The sideframes for the Williams Peter Witt are an assembly consisting of the two sideframes cast together with the bottom half of the truck, and Bachmann doesn’t list them in their parts list, they only show complete trucks which are listed as “sold out”. Besides, replacing them with like parts would only mean that the factory replacements will also crumble from “zinc pest” as well. Someone here mentioned Q-car, but their sideframes are separate pieces, not cast as a unit together with the bottom half of the truck in one piece.

Bill in FtL

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